A cat rescued from a house fire has become the first pet in London to be given a special oxygen mask for small animals. See SWNS story SWNNoxygen. A blaze broke out in a detached house in Paddington, central London, where firefighters rescued two cats from the ground floor. One of the felines needed oxygen treatment to help with its breathing, so the tiny cone-shaped mask was put over its face by rescuers. Both animals are now said to be doing well. Four fire engines and around 25 firefighters were called to the inferno on Friday afternoon and found the space between the ground and first floors were damaged by the flames. Firefighters were called just before midday and the blaze was under control around an hour and 15 minutes later. The cause of the fire is now being investigated by experts, the London Fire Brigade said. These specially adapted oxygen masks for pets used for the first time during this incident were donated by not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws.